The Fundamentals of Creative Photography

Author(s): David Prakel


"The Fundamentals of Creative Photography" offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of applied creative photography. It explores the basic principles that underpin photography, and guides the reader though the practical considerations involved in executing the perfect shot. The book is concerned with photography in a professional context images that are to be used in the fulfilment of a brief, rather than those created solely for self-expression. Creativity is important, but must be focused on meeting the clients needs. This title gives a unique insight into professional working practices in the creative imaging industries. It is an ideal introductory text for anyone looking to enter the industry, or for those studying professional practice modules within a lens-based visual arts course.


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'From an educator's perspective, this is probably the best book on photography I've come across ... this title covers everything that photography students need from production and distribution to critical analysis (and everything in between). The book's layout has been well designed and the language used is very accessible to a range of students.' Dave Caton, School of Art, Swindon College, UK. 'A relevant and inspiring book that strikes a good balance between explaining the basics and giving an inspirational look into the world of professional photography. Attractively and clearly laid out with clear graphics and good examples of professional work.' Katherine Baker, Guildford College, UK. 'Very up-to-date text/layout style which students have commented on! Set out in a very clear and easy fashion.' Richard Sainsbury, Guildford College, UK.

David Prakel runs his own photographic training workshops in Northumberland, UK. He has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in journalism, photography and education and has taught at all levels in universities, colleges, schools in both the UK and the US as well as the prestigious Kodak Imaging Training Centre in Harrow, London.

Introduction. Photographic fundamentals: Formal elements - Composition; Principles of design; Technical considerations; Exposure and reciprocity; Language of photography; Putting it all together; Creativity and intent. Communication: Visual literacy; Ownership; Reading an image; Deconstruction; Semiotics - the study of signs; Influences; Talking about photography - technical language; Talking about photography - artistic language; Talking about photography - emotional language. Applied photography: Forms of photography; Commercial and advertising; Editorial; Sports; Architectural; Social; Wildlife and nature; Photojournalism; Fashion; Working within photography. Professionalism: Getting an education; Learning as an assisting photographer; Getting work; Portfolios; Marketing yourself; Representation and agents; Professional bodies. The brief: The client; A common language; How far can your creativity go?; Required outputs; Timing and deadlines; Legal issues; Passing off plagiarism; Model and property releases; Teamwork; Safe working practices. Workflow: Photographic workflow; Basic workflow: Pre-shoot; Basic workflow: Capture; Basic workflow: Transfer; Basic workflow: Process; Basic workflow: Editing; Basic workflow: Optimisation for output; Basic workflow: Archiving; Basic workflow: Cataloguing and digital asset management; Impact of digital; Workflow products. Conclusion. Glossary. Bibliography and webography. Index. Acknowledgements and picture credits. Working with ethics.

General Fields

  • : 9782940411139
  • : AVA Publishing SA
  • : AVA Publishing SA
  • : 0.81
  • : August 2010
  • : 233mm X 201mm X 18mm
  • : Switzerland
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Prakel
  • : Paperback
  • : 771
  • : 208
  • : 200 colour illustrations